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Botswana OKs Inheritance Law; Taliban Kills Author

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Four sisters won a court of appeals case to inherit their father's property in Botswana this week. But author Sushmita Banerjee was killed in Afghanistan by suspected Taliban militants.




Woman fixing her home in Botswana..
Woman fixing her home in Botswana.

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Edith Mmusi and her three sisters won a court of appeals case to inherit their father's property in the Ngwaketse district of Botswana, reported Malawi's . The unanimous judgment is contrary to previous rulings when male relatives were automatically entitled to the fiscal possessions of departed family members. Mmusi's brother had been vying for the property despite never having lived there. Justice Letedi, who wrote the court's decision, cited previous gender-discriminatory laws as outdated.

More News to Cheer This Week:

The Royal Bank of Canada, the nation's largest lender by assets, extended the country's lead in appointing women to corporate leadership roles by announcing Kathleen Taylor as its first chairperson, reported .

Terry Earsing, who worked at a Wal-Mart store in Hamburg, N.Y., has been fired for posting derogatory comments online about Muslim women, the U.K.'s reported .

United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airways is offering a free nanny service, reported . The child care helpers will be available on all of Etihad Airways' long-haul flights to help families with children or unaccompanied minors.

Justin Lee, a 28-year-old socialite in Taiwan, has been sentenced by the panel of judges at the Taipei District Court to a total of 22 years and four months in prison on nine counts of non-consensual sex and 15 counts of privacy violation for filming himself having sex with multiple women, including celebrities, Singapore's reported .

Michael Sylvester Williams Jr., 24, was sentenced to nine months in jail for taking pictures of two women and outraging the modesty of three women in backpackers' hostels in Singapore, reported .

The Islamic-administered Gaza received a proposal from the more moderate neighboring West Bank to amend a law denying women's right to divorce without the consent of their husbands, Palestine-based reported .

Diana Nyad, 64, completed the first ever swim from Florida to Cuba, without a protective shark cage, reported .

Jeers

Suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan shot dead Sushmita Banerjee, an Indian author of "A Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife," which later became the basis for the film "Escape from Taliban," reported . The killing of Banerjee was the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan, adding to the apprehension that women's rights in the country will recede even more after U.S.-led foreign forces fully withdraw in 2014.

More News to Jeer This Week:

Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero slapped Rachel Shebesh, a women's representative who joined striking council workers during a confrontation, Kenya's reported . The governor was agitated while the protestors voiced discontentment about their low wages.

Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, is promising disciplinary action after a frosh week chant glorifying underage sex with girls without consent was posted on Instagram Sept. 2, reported .

National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson Brad Dayspring has referred to Kentucky Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes as an "empty dress," reported .

Marilia Rodrigues Silva Martins, a pregnant 29-year-old Brazilian, was brutally murdered near Brescia, Italy, last week, reported . Martins' body was found Aug. 30 soaked in acid on the floor of the charter airline office where she worked as a booking agent.

Cardiologists said too many doctors are missing crucial signs of heart problems in women in U.K. because many of those at risk were well-groomed and looked healthy, reported .

Female physicians in the U.S. continue to earn less than their male counterparts, with the pay gap widening during the past two decades to more than $50,000 annually in 2010, researchers said, reported .

Noted:

Victor Svyatski was exposed as the leader of the feminist group Femen, reported . In the documentary, "Ukraine is not a Brothel," filmmaker Kitty Green shows Syvatski's controversial techniques to gain media attention for Femen, including handpicking attractive women for topless protests.

The family of kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, who hung himself with a bed sheet in an Ohio prison, is set to claim his body, reported .

George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, filed for divorce Sept. 5, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case, reported.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, led a ceremonial opening in England of Birmingham's new library, the reported .

Life expectancy for women at 50 has improved but the gap between poor and rich countries is growing and could worsen without better detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancers, the World Health Organization said in a study, reported .

There's a new online trend for pregnant women, who are selling their positive pregnancy tests to other women, reported . The positive pregnancy tests are typically being used to "get back" at a loved one, or likely a former loved one. The average going rate for a positive pregnancy test on Craigslist is $20.

Charlie Christopher Bates was captured near the University of Florida following a police chase, reported. Bates has been charged with a series of sexual batteries and home invasions at apartment complexes near the university on Sept. 6.

Serena Williams smashed her way into the U.S. Open semifinals with a crushing "double bagel" win over Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals of the New York grand slam, reported .

In Memoriam:

Judith Glassman Daniels, the first female editor in chief of Life magazine, died of stomach cancer at age 74, the reported . Daniels' long career in publishing included helping to establish the Women's Media Group and Savvy, a magazine dedicated to women in business.

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